ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced the Final Notice to Adopt its revised nutrient management regulations is published in the Oct. 5 issue of the Maryland Register.

According to the MDA the regulations, which take effect Oct. 15, are designed to achieve consistency in the way all sources of nutrients are managed and help Maryland meet nitrogen and phosphorus reduction goals spelled out in its Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay.

The final regulations include one technical, non-substantive change in the provision that refers to nutrient application setbacks and the department's consideration of new practices developed by the USDA's National Resources Conservation Service and the University of Maryland. MDA revised the provision to add "and other land grant universities".

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